The spy balloon drama has further strained tense relations, prompting Washington to cancel a planned visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
China urges restraint, US searches for balloon remnants
Beijing has urged Washington to show restraint as the US military searched for remnants of what it believes was a Chinese surveillance balloon it shot down over the Atlantic but which China says was a civilian craft that accidentally drifted astray.
The balloon drama has further strained tense relations, prompting Washington to cancel a planned visit over the weekend to Beijing by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
A US fighter jet shot down the balloon off South Carolina on Saturday after the military had tracked its path across the continental United States, a response China described as an “obvious overreaction”.
China has repeatedly said the balloon was intended for scientific purposes and had blown off course.